2003 World Record Set:
18 days, 4 hours, 51 minutes!

The Mississippi River Challenge for
Rett Syndrome & Leukodystrophy

- May 10, 2003 6 AM to May 28, 10:51 AM 2003-

A 2,348 Mile Marathon to Support a Marathon of Research!


Bob Bradford, forward position, Clark Eid, in the back, approaching L & D 24
May 20


 

 

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Text Updates from our Race Web Log

 

My day started out just great yesterday thanks to a phone call from Stan. Made me want to quit work and join the road crew. Sounds like spirits are great for everyone. Ya'll are my inspiration these days. We have a good group of New Orleanians who are faithfully watching your journey and admire your stamina and courage. Go Team Hope!

Today I sent the first of 5 billboard size tarps to a high school for the kids to paint. Expect some really nice signs out there once you hit Baton Rouge along the river. I also met 2 more Rett families over the phone yesterday. Really nice people who will be happy to join the fun once you come this way.

Bob and Clark , keep up the great work!

Mary,
I talked to my dad this morning. The wind kicked up pretty hard last night. They pulled out at around one this morning and decided to take an on-shore rest. They were getting ready to head out again around 7:30am. They are all doing good I think.
Talk to you soon,
Angie

Stan just called. They are below Hannibal - "below lock & dam 24" I think
he meant L&D 22, which is just south of Hannibal. That's all I got before
the sat phone disconneced us. I'll let you know next time I hear, too.
Once the sat phone disconnects, you usually have to wait for several minutes
for the sat to reposition itself so you can properly send & receive calls.

If L&D 22 is all the farther they are, considering they were at Quincy last
night at 9;45, they had to have stopped. Probably for storms & sleep!

I talked to Dad (Bob) this morning. He says the wind was gusting pretty hard last night. Clark was trying to get a few winks in but had to get back up and paddle. The bow rudder cable wasn't in commission so they had to paddle extra hard to get out of middle river. They switched th rudder to the stern cable and then continued to their meeting point on land. They decided it would be wise to rest on shore untiol the gale winds died down. They were getting ready to re-launch their boat at seven-ish this morning. I don't know how, but he makes it sound like they are having fun. It seems that they are even crazier than I first thought.

Posted for Dana Hanson:

Stan just "completed" his phone call. As Angie mentioned below, they stopped at 1am last night because of high winds. Although the winds were at their backs, it was extremely cold. They'd had enough and wanted in the trailer for a short while. In addition, a cable on the canoe had snapped. It was expertly fixed by Bill Pullen and Bob. Got a good 4 hours sleep before they hit the water at 7:30am.

The crew is now passing thru Louisiana (Missouri, that is), and on their way to Clarksville (where the last train was going to). [I know, I know ... humor was never my forte.] Their next meeting stop will be Lock & Dam 24, which is 27 river miles away. Once they get to L&D 24, St. Louis will be only 93 river miles downstream.

ST LOUIS WATCHERS -- this means that the current best-guess as to when they will arrive at the Arch is somewhere between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday. By the end of today, we hopefully can narrow down that window a bit. I hope we have a good turnout to greet them!

Forwarded to the race log by Mary Potter, from Lock and Dam Master 24:

Good luck in the remaining journey, with clear sky yet brisk winds they (Bob and Clark) safely went through Lock 24 today at 11:05. They said they are still ahead of time. The river is up and the current is on the move yet luckily we do not have much floating drift in our area. Tow traffic was light this morning as they were able to paddle right in and with only a 6 inch drop in the chamber, it was only minutes when they departed the lower end. The land crew called by radio that they were waiting below the Lock to meet them.

I hope the rest of your trip goes as well. I sent these pictures to the remaining Lock's below me to give the Lockmaster's a heads up so they will be looking for them.

Christopher J. Morgan
Lockmaster
Lock & Dam 24

 

I heard Clark on the recorder when I came home today - he called sometime around 11:30 AM CST, said they were through Lock and Dam 24 and that went well. He said last night they were kicked by a storm and the cable broke. He said he slept 5 hours while it was being fixed. He said they have very strong winds today, and are lucky the winds are from the back, but it is making for rough paddling.

 

When I checked the Where Are They Now? page is see that Bob and Clark were 190 miles ahead of the 1984 record, even with their 5 hour stop last night! I suspect they will make very good time with the strong wind today.... Hope everyone sees them in St. Louis but sounds like that may be some time during the night hours.... we shall see.....


I decided on my lunch hour today that I would walk information about the race to a couple of news stations here in downtown St. Louis and put information physically into a person's hand. So I printed material from the Website, highlighted the Website name, and walked the material to NBC (KSDK Channel 5) and CBS (KMOV Channel 4).

I took the material into Channel 5, explained everything to the Security Guard, and he said he would walk the information up to the newsroom for me. He put a yellow sticky on it explaining that this event would be taking place tomorrow morning. He seemed very nice and accommodating, and I believe that he will take the info up to the newsroom. Where it goes from there - we'll see.

On an even MORE exciting trip to Channel 4......I was explaining everything to the Security Guard at Channel 4, and when I finished with my explanations of the race, I asked him if there was someone I could give these documents to (hoping - but knowing full well - I'd never get past the guard). All of a sudden, a man walked up to me and said "I'll take that." He ended up being the News Producer for Channel 4! So I tried to quickly explain everything to him. He told me that he would put the information I gave him into tomorrow's file! He asked if I had a cell phone # they could call - he explained that they get so many requests like this and then people don't show up when they say they will. I told him I would get the cell phone number for him and call him back (the phone numbers were back at my desk). He gave me his card and number to call to leave info on the cell phone #. So you guys may get a phone call tomorrow morning from Channel 4! Better yet, here's his name if you want to call him too in case you're ahead of schedule: Steve Perron, News Producer (314) 444-6372 (6333). I found this very exciting and encouraging!! GO TEAM HOPE!!!


Wow, these guys just amaze me every day. Even with a 5 hour stop they are still hours ahead of the record........way to go Team Hope!

about a week before the race started I sent out close to 50 letters to our family and friends asking for a donation to RSRF (Rett Syndrome Research Foundation) in honor of Rachel for the Mississippi Challenge, well today I received an email and so far we have raised $1655.00 from those donations. There are more coming in and I am still selling t-shirts also!

- Tammy Hanson

 

Heard from Clark about 5 PM CST. They just finished coming through Lock and Dam 25. They went right over the spillway, with permission of course. He said they did this "last time" he went down the Mississippi River too..... He said today the wind was freaky - when they paddled in a certain direction, the wind stayed at their back, and when they had to turn (as the river turns quickly at times) the wind would die down. He said they made great progress today. When I check our Where Are They Now page it seems they are 220 miles ahead of the 1984 record. He is expecting to be in St. Louis between 10 AM and 2 PM tomorrow. I wonder if Dana and Jean will be meeting the guys and gals for lunch? Clark sounded great, no injuries, no problems reported at this time. Team is holding together well.... Good luck everyone!

Heard from Clark about 5 PM CST. They just finished coming through Lock and Dam 25. They went right over the spillway, with permission of course. He said they did this "last time" he went down the Mississippi River too..... He said today the wind was freaky - when they paddled in a certain direction, the wind stayed at their back, and when they had to turn (as the river turns quickly at times) the wind would die down. He said they made great progress today. When I check our Where Are They Now page it seems they are 220 miles ahead of the 1984 record. He is expecting to be in St. Louis between 10 AM and 2 PM tomorrow. I wonder if Dana and Jean will be meeting the guys and gals for lunch? Clark sounded great, no injuries, no problems reported at this time. Team is holding together well.... Good luck everyone!

 

Well, after I just got done emailing Dana Hanson (road crew captain Stan Hanson's wife) that Clark said they'd be at the St. Louis arch tomorrow between 10 AM and 2 PM she wrote me this note basically saying NOT!

Dana Hanson sez:

That's what Clark thinks! Was talking with Stan when your email came in.
He said they are absolutely FLYING! Bob and Clark are between L&D24 (river mile
273) and 25 (RM 241).

They went thru L&D 24 about 4pm. But instead of
locking thru, they shot over the dam! Saved time again.

L&D27 (a/k/a
Mel Price L&D) is at River Mile 199. Stan thinks that at this rate, they'll be
at L&D 27 between midnight and 1am. L&D 27 is only 19 river miles from
the Arch, so that means they'd be arriving at the St. Louis Arch somewhere
between 2:30am and 4am.

Their next scheduled meet-and-feed spot is at
L&D 27. Stan is supposed to call me & Jon Young (who just arrived 10
minutes ago) when they're at 27. Then Jon & I will get ready & get over
to the St. Louis Arch. But before then, we'll have to email or call (might be
better--could do in the car) all the TV stations who I emailed earlier
today.




Great paddling Bob and Clark! You guys are doing great, you're flying!

How's the road crew doing without the help of Angie, David, Jessie and Jacob? I know how much help they were for the first week and I'm sure they are all missed greatly.

To the current road crew - Keep up the great work! Without your help and support of Bob and Clark they would not be able to be pushing themselves to the finish line!

Miss everyone, wish I could be with you all!

=Tony



Mary,
Love the picture of Bob and Clark you've added to the Heading of the Home page. You're doing a great job on the web site!

-Tony



I just read that Jon is in St.Louis. He was on team Krugers pit crew in 2001 and it will be great to have him with us again. Last time we both had to be home before the finish so it will be awesome to be there this time. I have called Mom about five times today. I hope she has many minutes with her cell phone plan. She laughs at me everytime she answers the phone. I think they are making bets on when I will call next. She patiently listens to a few questions and then says: " Here, I'll let you talk to Andrew." Mom handles the food and drinks for the guys. She helps Cap'n Stan cook and clean and makes sure that all of the drink bottles, boost, and protien bars are in the boat. When I ask questions, they are about river miles and distances to the next stop. Andrew is great, he answers all of my questions very patiently. He'll probably beat me with a stick when I get back there but for now, at least I know what I want to know.

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